My dad, Terry, bought this 1955 Series I in 1963, trading in a BMW Isetta bubblecar, which was hopeless in that winter's deep snow. My earliest childhood memories of the Land Rover are riding it in to Rover Owners Association - and later Association of Rover Clubs - national rallies, the earliest in around 1977.
In those days 'KUD 110' was family transport and my mum Elizabeth's daily driver. It also towed our large caravan and a friend's enormous boat.
The first time I 'drove' it was in a field near Grove, Oxfordshire. We'd gone to get some logs from one of dad's friends and he did the trick of putting it into low-range, first gear on tick-over and then jumping out and leaving me to steer it while he ran ahead to open a gate. I was probably about seven or eight years old at the time. I also remember things like greenlaning trips, tyically on the Ridgeway in Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.
I started driving it for real whn I was about 17 or 18, after passing my test. I remember one evening taking my friends out in it to several pubs. I was really pleased because I managed to get it into first gear, on a hill, without stopping or grinding the gears. The only one of them I'm still in touch with was also the only one who recognised that this was quite an achievement in a Series I.
It was this Land Rover that got my dad into trialling with the Southern Rover Owners Club. But because it was also our family car, dad bought an 80in and used that for trialling instead. I didn't start trialling in it until around 2000 or 2001.
Dad had retired in 1994 and sold KUD the following year. He offered it to me, but I didn't want it, so it went up to Shropshire. The new owner took the tub off, hand-painted the chassis and repaired the footwells.
Then in 2000, in a chance conversation at work, a friend was pointing out a vehicle in a Land Rover magazine when I spotted KUD for sale on the next page. I rang the seller and bought it, sight unseen.
I have to confess that mum has bought this Land Rover twice. She bought it in the first place in 1963, and she lent me the money to buy it for me in 2000.
When I collected it, it looked tidy but it took me four hours to drive back home - none of the brakes worked. I had to completely rebuild them and do a lot of rewiring to get everything to work properly.
I started greenlaning, before going on to the Nationals in Hampshire and the Safari Drive - but with little 6.00 tyres it kept getting stuck and bellying out. I found that low-range third was the only way to get up some of the clims, which was quite exciting - although I bent one of the body panels doing it. The answer was bigger tyres, and it's now got LWB rims with 750s.
In 2003 I started trialling with Anglian Rover Owners' Club, because it ran local trials. Dad was in the passenger seat because I didn't really have a clue what I was doing, and still don't.
I trialled it for three or four years. With 750s there's no steering lock, but it will go anywhere in sticky-muddy conditions. It will also go to places a 90 can't get to. I know that because when laying out the course at Avon Dassett, I've actually had to tow out 90s.
KUD 110 is now a tresured member of the family. These days, I do RTVs every now and again or a little greenlaning, and visit some ofthe shows. In fact I've just been to the 2015 Land Rover Series One Club International Rally in Derbyshire.
Published in the September 2015 issue of Land Rover Owner. Download a digital issue, or order a back issue by calling 01858 438884. Please note, we only hold stocks of the the last three back issues.
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